NCIS: Los Angeles alum Renee Felice Smith is living her best life and offering a fans a glimpse of it almost every day.
On Monday, Smith posted a photo of herself sitting in a field of lavender. She’s wearing a straw hat, aviators and a denim jacket. You can almost smell the flowers, which are used for calming oils.
“Highly recommend visiting a field of lavender,” said Smith, who played Nell Jones on NCIS: Los Angeles.
Where is the NCIS: Los Angeles alum? She’s not in Provence, France, which is internationally known for its rolling fields of lush purple flowers. And she’s not in her own little corner of Tuscany. Rather, Smith tagged herself as being in Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, New York.
If you’re geographically inclined, that’s a town on the tip of Long Island. The lavender farm is owned by a former resident of the south of France. Smith, who is 36, grew up in this part of New York.
Leaving NCIS: Los Angeles Gives Smith Freedom to Travel
Leaving NCIS: Los Angeles freed up some time for Smith, who appeared in 11 of the show’s 12 seasons. The show is back in production as it readies for an Oct. 10 premiere for season 13. Jones, along with Barrett Foa (Eric) left the show in the finale. Nell was asked to take over the NCIS: Los Angeles office and replace Hetty. But after getting approval from Hetty, Nell decided to leave. She and Eric, who had served as the security analyst, drove off in Eric’s new, expensive sports car. Their eventual destination was Tokyo.
Maybe Smith, as quirky Nell, will return one day to NCIS: Los Angeles. Showrunners have left open the option.
Smith told Entertainment Tonight: “The door will always remain open for Nell at NCIS, but right now, it’s time for Nell to really explore her next adventure. Nell is a smart girl, and she’s chosen stability for a good long time because it was the smart choice. But now she’s really questioning what she wants. And I commend her for being brave enough to even consider that line of questioning.
“It’s truly difficult when you work with people you love who have become your family, who become so much more than your co-workers. (That’s) a lot like me and our fabulous crew at NCIS Los Angeles,” Smith said. ”I do commend Nell for stepping into her power and really making a decision to serve herself rather than people-please and to serve others. It’s quite commendable.”
Actress Currently Is Doing Publicity for New Book
Smith describes her post-NCIS: Los Angeles career as “complicated.” She’s an actor and a writer and is currently promoting her children’s book Hugo and the Impossible Thing.
Smith said: “I mean, I think that I’ve been ready for my next chapter for a while now, in whatever form it will take. But it’s surely to be centered around storytelling. I hesitate to be part of the “cliché actress” calling herself a storyteller, but I really am one. I’m a writer. I’m a director. We are developing television currently. We have another indie in the works. I want to tell compelling stories, poignant stories that offer an escape and chance of reflection for the viewer, so that’s where my focus is.”